by Demi Prentiss
It’s easy to forget that Jesus calls each of us to be a world-changer, even if it’s only within the three-foot radius around us. Claiming our own every-day mission means living into our ability to offer – with God’s help – God’s compassion to those who come inside that three-foot zone – and maybe, sometimes, even beyond it.
Last week, via the daily email from the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Brother Curtis Almquist offered this reminder:
Don’t ever apologize for what little you have and what little you are. Don’t ever apologize for that. God is well apprised of who we are and what we bring to the table of life. That is our offering….
There’s something about your own brokenness that informs what you have to give. I’d even go so far as to say that the more you are broken, the more you have to give.… The bread is broken, and in the breaking is multiplied. That is somehow your own story.
“God is well apprised of who we are and what we bring….” Just like the boy whose loaves and fishes fed a multitude (John 6:1-13), we are called to offer who we are and what we have. That’s enough, once we hand it over to the Power that created all we see and know. And sometimes, God gives us eyes to see the miracle that unfolds, once we’ve had the courage to believe that it’s God, not us, in charge of multiplication.
You are God’s viceroy, God’s representative.
You are God’s stand-in, a God Carrier.
You are precious; God depends on you.
God believes in you and has no one but you
To do the things that only you can do for God.
Become what you are.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu